Thanks to Eric Ligman, Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager, for sharing this incredible FREE wealth of knowledge. Yes, they are free to download. 300 titles. Here are a few that may be really helpful to various groups of people. Here is the full list – http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz/archive/2014/07/07/largest-collection-of-free-microsoft-ebooks-ever-including-windows-8-1-windows-8-windows-7-office-2013-office-365-office-2010-sharepoint-2013-dynamics-crm-powershell-exchange-server-lync-2013-system-center-azure-cloud-sql.aspx
Or you can grab some of the highlights from here.
IT Professionals in the Small Business
General Microsoft Users
And for Teenagers, and anyone else who needs to be informed about online security and privacy (That’s everyone!) – Own Your Space–Keep Yourself and Your Stuff Safe Online
Here is a link to the ultimate site that gives you links to a plethora of technical sites on IT related subjects. There are just too many subjects to list here. You just need to see it to put it on your bookmarks.
Here is a cool script that mails Replication State, Replication Health and resource usage by virtual machines. The report is produced in a table format, emails to one or more recipients and can be scheduled as a task.
The script was written by Sangeeth on the Microsoft Virtualization Team and can be downloaded for free here – http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Replication-Health-Mailer-4066632c
A serious vulnerability has been discovered in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library which allows an attacker to steal information that would normally be protected by SSL/TLS encryption. This vulnerability allows anyone to compromise and steal data that is normally protected by this protocol, which can lead to further attacks and the compromise of IT systems that are breached.
There are many popular firewalls and systems that are exposed on the Internet that use this protocol, which makes this vulnerability a serious threat. Many common Linux based operating systems are vulnerable, and the vendors have released patches to fix this issue. It is recommended that firewalls, servers and appliances that use OpenSSL be patched immediately.
For more information on this threat and some answers to common questions, read this – http://heartbleed.com/
To test your system for this vulnerability, go to this site – http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/
Here is a link to a blog series covering Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. The series is presented by the USA based IT Pro Evangelists from Microsoft.
The topics covered are as follows:
- INTRO TO SERIES: Disaster Recovery Planning for I.T. Pros
- Disaster recovery for IT Pros: How to Plan, What are the considerations?
- Value of Server Virtualization to Disaster Recovery Management.
- How Hyper-v Replica can save the day
- Create Backups of VMs in Windows Azure by using PowerShell
- Cloud-based Backup and Restore for Windows Azure Virtual Machines
- Is there value in testing your Disaster Recovery plan?
- High Availability, Disaster Recovery, and Windows Azure
- File Server Disaster Recovery to the cloud with Windows Azure
- Desktop virtualization as a Work Area Recovery Option. How to set it up?
- Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM)
- Disaster Recovery Planning Checklist
- Do I need an offline backup?
- Planning for DR capacity with the Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica
- Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Series recap
You will find the series here – http://mythoughtsonit.com/2014/02/intro-to-series-disaster-recovery-planning-for-i-t-pros/
Here’s a nice link to some training videos on using PowerShell – https://www.youtube.com/user/SAPIENTech
There is a new Windows 8.1 eBook by Microsoft Press. It is targeted at IT Professionals and provides a Technical Overview of the new operating system. It is written by Ed Bott. You can download the eBook here – http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2013/10/14/free-ebook-introducing-windows-8-1-for-it-professionals.aspx
Intel has released a JPG infographic based on Manga characters showing how a small business user can make a decision on what kind of PC, laptop, tablet or device they should pick depending on their needs.
The JPG can be viewed and downloaded here – http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/small-business/small-business-selector-tool-infographic.html
While you are at it, Intel has also put out some good articles and news information for small business owners. You can check them out here
Fellow MVP, Tim Barrett, has presented a really good video tutorial on how to use Visio for documenting networks. You can view the videos here – http://www.nogeekleftbehind.com/2013/08/16/kysbsug-114-documenting-networks-with-visio-2013/
I have set up a new page to track and display the latest security and threats on the IT landscape. You should monitor this feed regularly to keep abrest of the latest threats an security concerns.
Here is the page – http://blog.powerbiz.net.au/securitynews/